Current Vacancies

General Manager - Palm Beach (Qld) Surf Life Saving Club

  • Lead and grow a longstanding Community Club
  • Strategic leadership and stakeholder engagement focus
  • 9 day fortnight at a stunning Gold Coast location
  • Enjoy a great club culture plus employee benefits (refer to PD for details)

Situated right in the heart of Palm Beach on the Gold Coast, Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club is a community organisation run by volunteers who have been protecting members of the public who swim or surf at the beach since 1930. In addition to the 13 active patrolling groups keeping the beach safe, the Club runs a number of programs including a fun and friendly Nipper program and an outstanding surf sports training program run by coaches Ben Cox, Ky Hurst, Coach Wal and others. The Club actively competes in carnivals, welcoming of all levels, and offers a fun Masters program. The Nippers and Surf Lifesaving season runs from mid-September/October with patrols ending the first weekend in May. Surf Club activities are supported by the Supporters Club licenced venue, gaming lounge and coffee bar in which PBQSLSC is the landlord of the building and facilities.

Reporting to the Board via the President, the General Manager is the senior officer responsible for managing the overall operations and resources of the Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club. This involves overseeing the club’s strategic direction, compliance, operational management, financial sustainability, membership and community engagement. The General Manager ensures that the club achieves its objectives in line with its mission, values, and strategic goals.

An initial focus for this role will be to lead and guide the club through an evolution of systems, procedures and policies to create an efficient operational structure that is less reliant on volunteer resources. This role is responsible for all aspects of financial and human resource management, including staff and volunteer recruitment, development and performance management. Leading a small team, the General Manager will be empowered to make operational decisions, responsible for proactively planning and managing, as well as directly delivering tasks and projects to ensure the timely completion of priorities.

To be considered for this role you will be a decisive and process driven operations manager with demonstrated experience in a senior leadership role, ideally from within a sport, membership or volunteer based organisation. You will have an extensive track record in the strategic and operational management of like-sized businesses, budgets and resources.

Working autonomously with a structured approach, you will have the ability to manage competing priorities and activities at once, along with the commercial nous to plan, coordinate and drive the implementation of programs and projects that are on time, on budget and meet strategic targets. You will be regarded as a cool, calm, down-to-earth manager, with the ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team whilst building strong networks and relationships across a wide range of stakeholders.

Whilst a background in surf lifesaving would be advantageous, importantly the General Manager must exemplify the community focused culture and values of the club, in particular with members, stakeholders and the wider community.

This is an exciting opportunity to shape the future of this longstanding club and its service to the Gold Coast community.

How to Apply

Please note Sportspeople Recruitment will commence screening and interviewing for this role immediately. 

If you are intending to apply, please do so now as screening will commence immediately - we reserve the right to close the role as soon as sufficient merit applications are received. 

Application Format: Candidates must complete and submit the COMPULSORY Sportspeople Recruitment Application Form (attached to this advertisement) at the time of applying. The Form contains questions against which we require your specific response prior to considering your application. A 1-2 page letter of introduction should accompany the Application Form saved as one MS Word file.


The General Manager, Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club search and recruitment process is being managed exclusively by Sportspeople Recruitment.

In the first instance general enquiries should be directed to Scott Oakhill on 0408 258 337 or FREECALL AUSTRALIA 1800 634 388 or +61 2 9555 5000.

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